Minetta Tavern

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Minetta Tavern was opened in Greenwich Village in 1937. The Tavern was named after the Minetta Brook, which ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River. Over the course of its long history, the Tavern was frequented by various layabouts and hangers-on including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould, as well as by various writers, poets, and pugilists. Since its renovation, Minetta Tavern has best been described as "Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern." We hope — and believe — that's a somewhat accurate description of the place.
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4.7
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4.6
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4.7
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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Too loud and too crowded . Unable to enjoy ur meal

MG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have walked by so many times that its silly that I never went here . I live acouple blocks away and the Tavern is my new favorite spot !!

TM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Brgrs but we were wowed by the impeccable service. Mehtty took such good care of us...and that trick with the papercloth on the tables was like a tableside magic trick.

l
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Label Burger is worth the money and the ambience and service are worth your time.

b
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very disappointed after having high expectations. The eggs Benedict was Below the hotel cafeteria grade the basket of breads and pastries was at least two days old and the waiter hardly paid us any attention even though the restaurant was empty. Plenty of other options for brunch in Manhattan skip this spot.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I went for lunch and they wound not make
Me the chocolate soufflé. Terrible customer service m. Customer always gets what they want. The waiter was extremely rude as well didn’t pay attention to us.

P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Made a 730 reservation but wasn’t seated until 750. When we finally sat down at our table we were greeted by our server who was extremely cordial and attentive. He made us feel very welcome. It was pretty loud and they pack people in there so expect to rub elbows with the surrounding guests. We ordered the burger because we heard great things. It was tasty, but nothing extraordinary. The chocolate soufflés, however, was heavenly and a perfect cap to the meal. Great spot for a special occasion.

JC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The black label burger is amazing. The trick that I like is to get bone marrow app, but have it with the burger to spread onto the bun.

SM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I was very much looking forward to going to Minetta Tavern, and regrettably left feeling somewhat disappointed. Let me first say the service was outstanding. We started with the roasted bone marrow which was very good. We decided to order the much hyped black label burger and the Minetta burger and share to see which was better. I have to say neither one was as impressive as we’ve heard and I’ve definitely had better. I will probably go again to try other menu items.

IL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food and wine and the most attentive service you can imagine. This may be the reason it is so hard to get a table here. This was definitely one of the best meals ever. Share the dry aged steak and souffle with the one you love.

EM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was awful. Food was mediocre. For an iconic NY establishment, I was not impressed.

JE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails are a must, burger is great (but I've had better), service and ambiance is top notch!

JC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best steak. The flavor is so exciting.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, delicious burger and great staff. Definitely coming back.

AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Minetta Tavern! The hamburgers are really worth all the hype. I got the Minetta and my fiance got the Black label - they were both incredible. We also got the gruyere soupe appetizer which is basically a brown broth with cheese and baguette all in it - absolutely to die for! All around just amazing. They even put candles in the dessert we ordered bc I had told them it was our anniversary upon booking.

LC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a classic and special occasion meal. The Black Label burger is outstanding, and the chocolate soufflé is a must!

BB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food is good thought can take awhile when they have a full house.

TJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table for New Year’s Day. Our table wasn’t quite ready when we arrived so we walked up to the bar, every seat was taken, but the bartender was eager to offer us a drink menu and follow up quickly with getting our order, even allowing me to taste the wine I ordered before pouring a full glass. Great service! The place was packed with local patrons, as well as visitors. Escargots were prepared in a flavorful garlic sauce and served piping hot in a pastry covered bowl rather than the traditional pods and shells. Very tasty! We shared the black label burger, one of the best we have eaten and the steak frits was tender and grilled to perfection. Better than if you ordered in France! Our waiter was attentive and swift with requests. We will definitely visit again on our next trip to NYC. Make reservations well in advance.

D
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was transiting to Asia via NYC and had a 5 hour layover so headed for a black label burger. We were promptly taken care of per our reservartion and seated a bit early after explaining we had a pending flight. Busy as usual, burger exceptional and worth the effort

MT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I have been to Minetta Tavern before, many years ago. I was looking for a place to take my boyfriend for a steak dinner (we do lots of steakhouses but I wanted a different atmosphere) and after looking at a number of 'best steak in NYC' lists, I decided on Minetta Tavern.

The best part of the meal was the cocktails. Expertly prepared and perfectly balanced. I would come back if only to have a drink. The food was average. We had the endive salad to start. Meh. nothing memorable. Dressing tasted like it came out of a bottle. The brandade fritters were properly seasoned but somewhat cold. We both had steak for our main course. We asked for the filet mignon to be well done and it came back medium. The NY strip was supposed to be medium rare and it came back rare, almost blue. They put it back on the grill, and by the time it came back out, our sides were cold and unappetizing. No one offered to replace them or otherwise give us fresh sides. Our waiter also never asked us if we wanted wine or something to accompany the meal, which I thought was odd. The maitre d' did come over at the end with some lovely Muscadet which was very nice.

Overall, Minetta Tavern had a pleasant vibe, the service was pretty decent, but the food was not a standout. I would not go there for a special occasion or anything but it's decent fare if you are in the village and looking for something hearty to eat.

OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A staple every time I’m in town. Amazing food, great waiter. Get the filet as it and the Black label burger as is. You will NOT be disappointed.

EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at one of the best tables in the restaurant (a curved booth that could seat 5, but we were only 2)! The cote de boeuf was lovely though I would not go back and have it again - the $150 price tag is not quite worth it.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Food was fantastic and our waiter was very helpful and kind. Unique ambience! Must try 😊 - The Black Label Burger👌🏻

DO
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"GREAT FOOD, FRIENDLY SERVICE, AMAZING INTERIOR --
A PERFECT 10!"

About ten years ago, on a plane from California to New York, my husband showed me an article about Minetta Tavern, written by Frank Bruni in the N.Y. Times. That was the beginning of our love affair with Minetta and all of Keith McNally's exceptional restaurants -- all serve great food by a friendly staff in a most charming setting. But, for us, Minetta Tavern is the jewel in the crown!

Our most recent experience at Minetta was particularly memorable, thanks to Eric Bagbeni, the manager. (I believe Eric is the manager. If he isn't, he should be!) Eric was exceedingly gracious and attentive to our table and truly made us feel like special patrons. And, thank you, also, to Tony, our server, who is always friendly and accommodating to special requests.

If you have never eaten at Minetta, GO! You will have to make a reservation well in advance, but you will be glad you did. You are sure to have a wonderful evening and will want to return again and again -- as we have over the past ten years.

OT
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Minetta Tavern is everything you want in a New York fine dining experience! Beautiful decor, lively atmosphere, extensive wine & spirit list, and phenomenal food. We had the foie gras, Minetta burger and the duck breast. All were absolutely delicious. It was my birthday and they gave us a complimentary scoop of salted caramel ice cream. Perfect way to end the meal!

CP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great atmosphere and wait staff is super friendly! All dishes are delicious, had the fish Crudo n skirt steak .

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

After asking the server to make sure the steak was medium the steak not only came out rare but cold. No excuses at this level.

LD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every way!

JE
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black label burger was great and the mussels as well. Great service

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They should add the chocolate soufflé to the lunch menu.....

M
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t wait to go back. I had 2 meals there in one week. And both were exceptional.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food great!
Drinks expensive

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love eating here, food is amazing, martinis are a must and the waiters are awesome!

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While it is a little loud for our taste at the restaurant, it was well worth it for the food! We really enjoyed every bite of our dinner at Minetta Tavern and can't wait to come back.

We started with the Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon, the country duck pate, the roasted bone marrow, and the escargot en croute. While everything was very good, our favorite was the foie gras. The poached quince, with the jam and foie gras was the perfect bite of sweet, savory, crunch , and smooth all at once.

We later had the lobster risotto (a special), the Long Island duck breast, and the chocolate souffle with the pecan, maple, bourbon ice cream. The entrees were also delicious and the lobster risotto had a surprising kick, but our favorite was the duck breast. The carrots, pear, and duck breast were an amazing sweet and savory combo.

Even with all the food that we had, we still had food envy when the tables next to us got their burgers. Some of my co-workers swear by the Minetta Tavern burger. Safe to say, we will definitely be back.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service! We had the mussels as a starter and then two black label burgers...finished with the chocolate soufflé. The burgers were a perfect medium rare — I can see why so many call this the best burger in Manhattan. Will definitely return to try other items.

t
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

we were so looking forward to a special night here after enjoying in the past. unfortunately we were seated at the table next to the coat check-easily the worst seat in the house on a cold and very busy night. in addition to the bus station and men’s room that form a hellacious bermuda triangle with the coat closet, it was extremely un-relaxing and distracting. certainly not how you want to feel after a $500 dinner. disappointing!

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service wasn’t that good.

B
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites! In the top five. I do not need an excuse to come to Minetta! They always deliver.